Who We Are


We are Mariners, Welders, Barge Cleaners, and Illinois River Operations and Logistics Experts. But most of all, we are the crew that treats your business and concerns as our own.

Illinois Marine Towing (IMT) was built on the promise of providing excellent service and we have stayed true to that commitment for over 30 years. Our team provides innovative and safe solutions, becoming an integral part of your business. Through unmatched reliability and efficiency, we give you peace of mind from the moment your equipment is placed in our care and custody. Our extensive market coverage, with fleet locations from Channahon to South Chicago, allows us to serve your every need. We deliver on our promise of excellent service daily, ensuring your needs are met on-time, every time.


At IMT, we are focused on the long-term – we want to solve your problems today and tomorrow – never cutting corners. We are committed to doing things right the first time — always focused on being safe, efficient, and reliable. We work to continuously improve our Safety Management System and are proud to say that it meets the requirements of the American Waterways Operators Responsible Carrier Program, our customers’ Tanker Management Self Assessment (TMSA), and U.S. Coast Guard regulations.

We form long-term partnerships by providing high-quality fleeting and towing services, marine repairs, and harbor services with zero spills or incidents. Because at IMT, we know incidents are preventable and we’re dedicated to the pursuit of Goal ZERO – a sustainable safety culture with zero incidents or injuries.


Illinois Marine Towing was founded after the acquisition of Joliet Harbor Service in December 1987. Canal Barge Company later acquired IMT in the Fall of 2008.

The operation now includes the largest fleet of harbor and towing vessels in the Chicago Harbor, a quick-repair shipyard, a dry cargo terminal, liquid and dry cargo barge cleaning, barge readiness services and now crewing services. IMT continues to be the best-in-class provider of marine services in the Chicago Harbor and down the Illinois River. IMT’s goal is to partner with customers, vendors, and employees alike to build a sustainable culture and find the ‘win-win’ opportunities that deliver mutual benefit. When you trust IMT with your business, you gain more than a partner in execution, you gain confidence that your needs will be met on-time, every time.